Mauree Sullivan is "ByMauree.com"
Hola Beauties, I know it's been awhile since I posted an interview and I am so excited to be back in the swing of things. Not only because I have a passion for learning about people and hearing their stories. But I also know it is very important to see and know that other Sisters In Christ are out here doing great things.
With that being said I was able to connect with a beauty named Mauree Sullivan. I first came across her page via Instagram a few months back and was immediately drawn in by the beautiful photography and her love for Christ. After exploring her Instagram page a bit further I seen that she also had her own website (bymauree.com). When I tell y'all the moment I clicked on her website I fell in love. Not only with the layout but her transparency was evident within the first few sentences. Everybody calls themselves an open book but few are really willing to be so. I knew I had to get to inside scoop on Mauree and share it with you all. She has a voice and creativity that needs to be heard/seen. ;)
What inspired you to start ByMauree.com?
Making the move to Chicago was a huge deal for me, especially after transferring from a small Christian university in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ByMaureé ended up being a way for me to journal my story on moving to a large city and trusting God every step of the way.
What is the mission/purpose behind ByMauree.com?
Since ByMaureé started in 2014, I have re-branded the site twice. At the beginning, I wanted to create a fashion blog, but now my focus has shifted towards creating a platform for other people as well. I still do the occasional fashion posts, but my favorite new edition to the site is Letters to Sisters, where I get to showcase the beauty and talents of women who are a part of my life.
How has your website changed your life?
Wow, I have actually never thought of how the blog has changed my life. That’s an awesome question. Without a doubt, it has changed my life for the better. It’s rewarding to know that I have successfully created a platform that mirrors the passions of my heart. It has also helped me to become a more consistent person as well.
How does it impact the life of others?
I have been blown away by the impact that the blog has had on other people. I cherish every letter, email and kind word that is spoken about the blog. It’s incredible knowing that the points that I’m making our successfully being translated to the readers.
Where do you hope to see ByMauree.com in 5 years?
One thing that I love about curating my own platform is that it grows as I grow. The furthered expansion of ByMaureé will always reflect who I am, what I am experiencing and what God is speaking to me in that season. I’ve become very carefree with the development of the blog and never want it to feel stuffy or too forced. In five years, I pray that it stays that way and that the readers feel connected to the progression of the mission.
What is one thing you would love to see happen within the Christian community?
I’d love to see more people of God fully excelling in the area of arts and entertainment. I believe that the industry has remained un-penetrated by the Christian community for too long and there’s coming a shift where the people of God take their rightful places of influence there.
What advice would you give to other sisters in Christ trying to figure out their purpose?
Follow peace, not comfort. Fear is a hindrance that keeps us from going hard after our dreams. I believe that some women know what we want to, but were afraid to step out and do it.
For those women who have yet to found out what they are called to do,
Start seeking God about purpose. God will shed light on your gifts and talents once you get in position and focus all of your attention on Him.
What keeps you pressing forward with ByMauree.com?
Passion to see my readers grow and develop in their God given calling keeps me going. My heart is wildly fulfilled by seeing other people tap into destiny. I find it profoundly humbling to know that my platform has encouraged others to identify those dreams and pursue them.
What can readers expect to see when they explore ByMauree.com?
The blog is a great representation of some of the work that I do currently. The project that I’m most excited about right now is "Letters to Sisters". Letters to Sisters is a newer edition to the blog where I feature different women within the arts and entertainment industry and give them a platform to tell their testimonies and encourage other women to believe that it is possible to love God with all of their hearts and still be effective in the creative arts. I also touch on the subjects of fashion, faith and other personal projects.
And now let's getting to know a little bit more about who Mauree is.
Born and raised?
I am originally from Detroit, Michigan
Favorite genre of music/artist?
I don’t have a favorite genre of music, but my most listened to genre would be gospel, specifically from the late 90’s. My favorite artists right now are David & Nicole Binion.
Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Because of my enormous love for ice cream I just simply can’t pick one! My favorites are lavender from Jeni’s and sweet cream from Coldstone.
Favorite place to travel?
Haven’t been yet, but I’m longing to travel through South Africa and Japan sometime soon.
Can You Stand To Be Blessed? by TD Jakes
Your favorite verse?
James 1:2-4 :” Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Shut your phone off every once in awhile. Social media is cool, but don’t make it your ultimate source of inspiration. What makes people stand out is their unique perspectives. Try exploring nature, people watching and assessing your own personal likes and dislikes. Yeah, the Internet may say what’s hot or not, but who cares. You have to decide for yourself what you like. I have been way more inspired when my phone is off than when it is on.
Others blogs you follow/recommend?
TheTinyCloset.com – I’ve been following her for years and love her overall aesthetic of minimalistic comfort.
ProfreshStyle.com – One of the first people who made me want to start my blog. I loved that it wasn’t just fashion related and she also shared her personal journey with her readers.
BambisArmoire.com – Her style is #GOALS.
If you could go back and tell your 15 year old self anything what would it be?
When I was fifteen my parents were in the middle of going through their divorce and it was by far one of the most challenging times for me growing up.
I would say, “Maureé, although your heart is broken, God didn’t do it. Don’t try and shut Him out from your life. Stop trying to fill that void with temporary pleasures and FOCUS. You’re going to make it. “
What are you looking most forward to this year? Any big goals?
This year I am graduating from college and am super excited about the upcoming transition. After school ends, I am planning on moving to Los Angeles to work with a couple of ministries and establish my career there.
Social media / contact information
Instagram & Facebook: @maureesullivan